Boom In The Big Cat Population

I personally believe, more and more forest areas should be brought under hard-core surveillance, reservation and protection. “India’s outstanding result demonstrates that tigers can recover and thrive, even in densely populated countries with a focus on economic growth—as long as there is political will and the commitment to get...

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The (Deadly) Holy River

If these many dead bodies are found floating between Kanpur and Unnao, one can easily imagine the state of Varanasi, the holiest of all cities in India. Bodies are burned daily in cremation ceremonies near the banks of the river in Varanasi— sometimes as many as 200 cremations a...

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Reuse And Recycle

India produces about 3, 80,000 tones of e-waste per annum, which includes only the waste generated from television sets, mobile phones and computers; a major chunk of these come from organisations. E-waste produced in India includes over 100,000 tones from refrigerators, 275,000 tones from TVs, 56,300 tones from...

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Your Safety Lies In Your Hands

Friday morning brought with it the news of a huge fire in Masoodpur area of Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. While officials haven’t been able to determine the cause of the fire, local residents believe that it was caused by a gas cylinder burst.

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Global Warming: A Looming Danger

We live in a world where things are accepted, looked into, discussed, strategized, only after they become a large problem. None of us are interested to either think or talk about the latent problem which is soon turning into a patent one—our dying environment. It is a gift that...

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Cry of the Starks

Today, we are at a stage where we face the winter of civilization. I’m not being a Stark here, because Winter is not Coming. It is here. With every passing decade, we have come up with ways to kill ourselves more efficiently and in larger numbers. With every passing...

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Speak Out: Our Environment Is Dying

The rapidly melting ice caps, the increasing heat in the plains, animals getting extinct, the ecological imbalance, increase in river pollution, water levels going low, air pollution, soil pollution and what not. Sure, we might talk about all of these terms, or read about them but the real question...

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Is Saving Earth Expensive?

It is normally perceived that eco-friendliness comes at a price. An organic farmer has to invest time and effort into solutions to replace quick-and-easy fixes; an upper-middle class conscious consumer scratches her head in the supermarket, to select the cheapest product from the pricey eco-products; a small business man...

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Earth Hour: Seriously Taken?

We all know how important and meaningful Earth Hour is in some countries. A worldwide event organized by World Wide Fund for Nature, this year was to be conducted from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m yesterday. With the depletion and disastrous impact on nature and resources, such events help bring...

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A Manmade Drought In Maharashtra

As I think of what I want to say about the drought that the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is experiencing right now, I draw a blank. Generally, I’ve always got an opinion about something, but in times like these, what can be said that hasn’t already been said?

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Air Pollution

According to a study by a US-based health institute, Air pollution is now the fifth largest killer in India, taking 6.2 lakh lives per year. And Delhi is among one of the five most polluted cities in the country.The other four most polluted cities in the country are Ghaziabad,...

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Till the World Ends

Live like it is your last day on earth. This is not a nice, light-hearted line meant to cheer you up. It is dead serious. While we are sitting here, all fit and rested, zombies might be preparing to rise from the graves. There might be a pressure building...

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Water: Diluting the Bonds

Water is a basic and chief resource. Therefore, even after possessing the most simplistic qualities (pure water has no particular taste and color of its own), its importance is tremendous. A country might produce any number of commercial and high value crops, but its requirement for food crops like...

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Who is the Intruder: Mankind or Wildlife?

In the last couple of years, there have been numerous reports and news stories of “leopard scares” in and around the forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai. Leopards have intruded upon the residents of Royal Palms and their children are now afraid to move out alone. Forest...

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Say Trees

“Say Trees” with Kapil Sharma A software engineer by profession, his heart belongs to the environment. Kapil Sharma, one of the founders of “SayTrees” (a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the environment), shares his passion and journey in paving an eco-friendly path before it is too late. He is...

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Bottling Down Plastic

Another necessary evil that we can't think of living without. While the world revelled in its practicality and myriad forms, it kept growing by leaps and bounds. No one could stop himself from gaping at its amazing qualities. The dark, rather, stark side of the story, kept its profile...

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Vertical Farming- Is it viable?

Vertical farming is a relatively new invention, or rather, plan, gaining pace only in the 1950's.Due to the large amount of agricultural produce required by booming populations, land has severely shrunk. So doesn't it make sense to stack up farmlands upwards, thus increasing land without horizontally consuming it?

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Food for thought-GM Crops

On one hand where, statistics and data show that genetically modified food crops have been successful in sustaining the population, it has been reported that genetic modification directly or indirectly adversely affects 7 out of 10 living beings. Its consumption leads to several acute diseases and fatal chronic diseases...

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Plastic pollution

We use them in our daily usages. Plastic is used in wall covering, food packaging and medical devices. If we want grocery items, milk packets, we use them and in many shopping malls they are being used enormously. All this harms our environment. Some of us still do not...

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Water Woes of the World

The water we drink today is the same that dinosaurs drank who lived millions of years before us. There is no new water. It is non-renewable. People, across the world, need to be reminded that water might be in plenty on earth but it is not fit for use....

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Environment is dying

Definition of global warming has been repeatedly elucidated in various news articles, books and publishing. Still it makes sense to add its description here before taking the discussion any further. Global warming refers to the continual increase in temperature of earth’s atmosphere. Greenhouse effect as it is most commonly...

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Protect Environment!!

Life has become relatively easier but all this technological advancements has incurred a cost. A cost that is not just high as far as the monetary value is concerned but has also led to various other serious implications. Some of the major current interconnected environmental issues include the much...

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Speaking for our Fading Environment

Human beings, animals and the environment form an integral part of the biosphere. Nature maintains balance through its own natural processes. If human beings disturb these processes, then it creates an imbalance in nature. As time is passing, our environment is becoming weaker. We are putting more pressure on...

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Esencia Di Anima-Paryavaran

There is nothing that can parallel itself to the beauty of our mother nature. The emerald carpets that run across the planet and emanate tranquility to the mankind, their utterly picturesque perfection, the way the scorching rays of the sun come hurtling down to the surface and strike those...

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Environment Dying

These words may sound depressing and create fear but can we run away from the reality? Gone are the days where lush green forests used to cover the beautiful planet, when the beautiful sparking rivers used to enchant a beholder, when the chirping of the birds was a poet’s...

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It’s Time to Step Up

Pollution. Kyoto Protocol. Ozone depletion. Melting of the glaciers. Extinction of species. Depletion of resources. Energy crises. Oil spills. Global warming. Do these words sound familiar, old maybe? Common? Maybe that’s because these are extremely critical to our planet today. Maybe it’s because we need to pay more attention...

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Strange Jitter….

This fall has been special, its been unusually cold, I have been wearing pullovers as the mercury seems to take a nose dive. Besides this fall has brought with it a special revival of a feeling a thing which had somehow fazed from me. This came to the fore when...

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Save your Friend

Mother Nature has created every single thing of our earth, and to connect us with each other she created a chain. In scientific term we call this chain the nature cycle or the food chain. We all are connected to each other through this chain, if one of us...

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The Right Factor

You wake up to his warmth in the morning, start your day with his smiles, avoid his anger at noon, play hide and seek with him throughout the day, and when you are fed up with his mood swings and give him that angry look, he parts ways in...

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Honey, I’ve Shrunk the Earth!

The scenes in the movie 2012 horrify us as to, is it the truth? From scientists to astrologers are all trying to find out what exactly is going to happen but one thing we can’t deny, that for centuries and decades we are cutting the branch we are sitting...

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A Leaf from the Nature’s Book

In this age of blooming environmental awareness, scientists are forever looking for innovative and economic, alternate ways to produce energy. While some are actively seeking energy tools to find out where energy is going and what we can do to stop it from going there, some are looking for...

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Rising Temperatures

It’s the month of April, year 2010. A Sunday, I am on off obviously (Now that’s what I call an advantage while working for US), lying on my bed, thinking what can I do to make it happening, a true enjoyable weekend for myself? The IPL is on high,...

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Past, Present and Full Stop

5th June, famously known as World Environment Day. Established by United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to establish the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, World environment day aims to spread awareness of the environment and call for public and government attention.

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Green Signals Versus Green Activism

With growing urbanisation posing environmental hazards for our country, the term ‘green activism’ is fast gaining popularity. Even in the past, people were raging fights to safeguard the environment but today the activism has graduated to become a popular phenomenon. Why do we need to shed our callousness and...

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(W)ery Wintry

I feel a slight chill touching the tip of my nose. I shiver and snuggle further into the warmth of my bed. I remember I forgot to shut my window last night before getting into bed. Later on, I got too lazy to get up and close it.

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Conservation for Survival

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed” – this statement from one of the greatest men in our country, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi clearly depicted the generation where mankind entered into a race for survival and in the process, destroyed, degenerated and...

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Green Mobile

Technology is fascinating. Technology is necessary in some form or the other. Technology is progressive. Yes, all in all, technology is a vital part of our lives or so it has become over the years, even if not initially. After all, today anything that makes life easy and sorted...

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Stop Killing them Now

Throughout history tigers have been hunted to satisfy human greed. India is one such example where the national animal is set to be wiped out from the nation. From a tiger population of 40,000 in the last century, we are now left with a little over 1,400 tigers today....

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Tigers: Resigned to Fate

The ultimate feline beauty praised as the national animal of India, is a sight to behold in the wilderness of the Indian subcontinent. This majestic animal is famous for its agility, strength, grace and power. But just like the most famous elements of Indian culture and heritage, this animal...

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Be The Change

For 200 years we have been conquering nature and now we are beating it to death. The insouciant nature of the masses towards the growing need of ’immediate reform’ in environmental policies is quite a malediction on the economic development of the country and countries worldwide.

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Environmental Protection

There are several environmental problems and lack of environmental sustainability in human activities isn’t a new and shocking revelation. We all understand the need to protect our environment and the impact of environmental damage and its repercussions very well. We need to understand that human ignorance is not the...

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Eco friendly fashion

Sustainable fashion is no longer an oxymoron. It is transforming from a fad into a permanent business practice in the fashion industry. It represents a paradigm shift in design philosophy and trade practices of an extremely polluting industry.

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Save the Environment

There are several environmental problems and lack of environmental sustainability in human activities isn’t a new and shocking revelation. We all understand the need to protect our environment and the impact of environmental damage and its repercussions very well. We need to understand that human ignorance is not the...

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Global Warming

Modern humanity is greatly endangered by the environmental changes that have taken place because of development and progress. Industrial development gave place to the expansion of cities and towns accommodating millions for running various industries.

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Recycling: An Analysis

Recycling is the process of converting used products into raw materials that can be used again for a variety of purposes. The benefits of recycling include conservation of natural resources, reduction in energy usage, reduction in land and soil pollution as well as water pollution.

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Hole in the Earths Layer

Our planet earth is a storehouse of abundance whose resources are being consumed constantly and relentlessly by us. The world has become so mechanized and industrialized that now we don’t have the time to stop and think that the rate at which we are using up the resources or...

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Save the Mammal

Many animals worldwide, from toads to tigers, are disappearing. According to a leading global conversation body, one in four mammals is facing the threat of extinction. That means, at least 25% of mammal species, are at risk of extinction. Most mammals are facing extinction because of hunting, habitat loss...

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“The More You Know, The Less Gold Glows.”

Extraction of metals has been practiced since antiquity. Over thousands of years this exercise has crystallised into the modern commercial mining that we see today. Mining is both a useful and necessary economic pursuit since it contributes enormously at the macro-economic level to the GDP, foreign exchange earnings, taxes...

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BP’s Big Bad Oil Leak

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the petroleum rig owned by British Petroleum and built by Transocean has dominated the news for the past one month. As the blame game continues and everyone worth their salt has expressed opinions as to why such a calamity has happened, the environmental...

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E-waste Situation in India

Electronic waste, abbreviated as ‘e-waste’ is a term used to describe old, end-of-life electronic appliances such as computers, laptops, TV’s, radios, refrigerators etc., which have been discarded by users. E-waste comprises of numerous valuable but harmful substances that can cause an adverse effect on human health. Recycling e-waste can...

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The Environment and Us

Environment, as defined in the Oxford dictionary, means the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives or operates. So it’s not very difficult to conclude that if our environment is harmed in anyway it will definitely harm all of us equally badly. Or is it?...

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Hazardous Waste: A Threat to the Indian Ecosystem

Industrialization is a major cause for pollution around the world. Although it has brought about progress and development its negative impact on the environment cannot be ignored. Pollution is dependent caused directly or indirectly on industrialization. India is considered to be one of the most polluted countries in the...

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